A few weeks ago I updated my LinkedIn profile, and I somehow added a new job. I now work at “A Journey of Ten Years” which began a few years ago, as a way to slowly reach my goals, especially the seemingly impossible one of getting to a healthier body weight.
Today I’ve decided to make the journey and this blog part of my work day. It’s also helpful that today is Monday, I’m not so jet-lagged any more, and my suitcases are almost all unpacked. It’s taken me three weeks.
So…if you are moving from the other side of the world (Beijing, China) to a very different lifestyle (living with my daughter and her family) understand that this takes time and working doesn’t always happen on a regular basis. But it does happen, and this is what I’ve learned from my three week adjustment time!
- Cut yourself some slack. I have given myself a month, and I think that was a good gift.
- Pick your big rocks…self-care is vital during transition. Sleep was the biggest rock and I slept and rested as needed.
- Ease into your new life – getting a library card and establishing Tuesday as Library day is grounding. It is also something I can do with my whole family or just one or two grandchildren.
- Try to do one or two things that move you forward, after the big rocks are taken care of. I am taking a course on Literacy ESL. I feel chronically behind, but I’m really not too far. I am learning and I am preparing for the next stage of my journey!
Just now it is time for tea!
Thanks for travelling with me!
(The pictures are from my trip to Korea!)